All Saints Church in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy was filled to the brim last week for a conversation between the Archbishop of Durban, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne Vincent Long.
The two Franciscans discussed a range of topics last Friday, including the effects of Apartheid on South Africa, the injustices facing refugees and asylum seekers, and the Papacy of Pope Francis. The crowd was also entertained with music sung by the Vietnamese Choir of Melbourne.
Themed Reasons for Hope, the Cardinal shared stories from his time growing up in an Apartheid South Africa, and the effects this has had on his people. He said one of the evils of Apartheid was that it made people categorise and judge each other – seeing each other as only "black, white, coloured, or Indian." These days however, he says "there are hopeful signs that our younger generations are simply seeing each other as human beings."
He also shared some memories from the election of Pope Francis, saying "Pope Francis is leading by example... Symbols and actions... Like Jesus, the Church serves whoever needs to be served."
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